Pack your bags for a road trip and don’t forget the stretchy pants, because Yelp just released its Top 100 Places to Eat for 2018. The Yelp Top 100 list is based on ratings and number of reviews as well as quality and popularity. What they’ve come up with is a list of restaurants that run the gamut of prices and cuisines across the nation.
Here in Texas, eight restaurants made the list, some of them returning for at least a second year in a row. All of the establishments are must-tries, from giant sandwiches to dessert empanadas to Brazilian street food.
Editor’s Note: All numbers are in the order in which they appear in the Yelp list.
16283 Hwy 105 W, Ste 9, Montgomery, TX 77356
This deli dropped from its spot at #1 on last year’s Top 100 list, but that doesn’t mean the food here is any less than amazing. Changing owners late last year doesn’t seem to have affected the quality (or the size) of these sandwiches with names like Lucky Luciano and J. Gandolfini.
1689 W Northwest Hwy, Grapevine, TX 76051
Grab your tamales to go or eat in the cute little market area of this family-run tamale shop near the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. With personal service and world-class food, it’s no wonder they’re opening a second location in Coppell, Texas soon.
1644 Fm 1960 W, Ste A, Houston, TX 77090
Chef Pamela Graham has both Houston and New Orleans roots, being born in the former and raised in the latter. She came back to Texas in 2012 and opened a restaurant that serves the best Cajun food in Houston (and maybe all of Texas, based on the glowing reviews). Chef Pam often meets guests at the door or checks on them at the table while offering a sample of the restaurant’s gumbo.
47. Empa Mundo
3977 N Belt Line Rd, Irving, TX 75038
Any true food lover knows that many of the best places to eat are tiny holes in the wall, often located in strip malls or gas stations or some other off the beaten path location. Empa Mundo is one of those places.
Unassuming, but oh so good, they offer 18 flavors of empanadas like Criolla (ground beef, onions, olives, raisins, eggs), pulled pork, brisket, spinach and cheese, and — I kid you not — pumpkin and marshmallow.
13210 Huebner Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230
Gino’s Deli is the only San Antonio restaurant to make the Yelps top 100 places to eat in America! Thank you to all of our amazing customers and Yelp for the great honor! Repost @yelpsanantonio @yelp ‘s Top 100 Places To Eat For 2018 has been released!🙌🍴🎉 Congratulations to @ginosdeli for making the list! Learn more on our bio ⬆️ • • 📸: Yelper Adrianna C.
A San Antonio institution, Gino’s has the best Philly Cheese Steak in Texas according to their reviews. But vegetarians won’t go hungry here either, with Gino’s Black Bean Sandwich on the menu. The restaurant is located inside the convenience store, though with it’s spot on the Yelp Top 100 list, we expect this hidden gem to be less of a secret from now on.
73. Yoyo’s Hot Dog
5555 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005
🌭 @yoyoshotdog | 5555 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005 West University If you’re looking for a late night snack, look no further. Yoyo’s Hot Dogs serves delicious hotdogs for only $5 🤑🤑🤑🤑 They come loaded with curry ketchup, caramelized onions, spicy mayo, sriracha, salt and pepper, fried onion flakes, and cream cheese on a hotdog in a grilled bun. CREAM CHEESE. All of these toppings taste so great together. It’s a party for your taste buds. They’re a food truck so follow their Twitter to find where they’re at tonight. (They go to UH frequently too😉) • • • • #hotdog #grilled #sausage #cheese #fried #sriracha #foodtruck #beer #yoyoshotdogs #yoyoshotdog #heights #westuniversity #houston #food #foodporn #foodie #yum #nomnomhou #insta #food
A hot dog cart might sound like a stretch for a best eats list, but Yoyo’s inspires mega love from people across Houston. The hot dogs (from New York’s Nathans) are topped with Sriracha, honey mayo, curry ketchup, caramelized onions, fried onions, and cream cheese (or you can customize from that list).
904 E Davis St, Ste 400, Mesquite, TX 75149
One of the common notes in all the Texas restaurants that made the Yelp Top 100 is that the service tends to be just as good as the food. Here at The House of Gyros, you’re made to feel like family from the greeting you get when you walk in the door to Yiayia’s (Grandma’s) specialties on the menu.
1403 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Another returning restaurant from the 2017 list, Boteco is an Austin-based food truck that serves Brazilian street food. If you’ve never had yuca fries, now’s the time. Boteco prides themselves on their laid-back vibe and their food gets rave reviews.
Get the whole Yelp Top 100 list here and compare it to your list of best places to eat.